Black Friday: close-up on the ecological impact of the container doors that transport our products

Unlike the prices of your favorite products during Black Friday, the greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping containers carrying your purchases to your doorstep aren’t going down. Spotlight on the flip side of Black Friday.

It is one of dark sides of black friday : his environmental impact considerable for our planet, already widely threatened by climate change. Indeed, between your purchase in store or your click on the “add to cart” button, many things happen before you receive your product at your home. Not to mention the environmental cost of producing your purchase, its delivery to the promised land also has a heavy impact on global warming of our planet. According to the figures, about 3% of the CO2 emissions are due to maritime transport of goods.

Container ship
Container ship – © Pixabay

Traffic on the seas and oceans of these sea ​​giants keeps increasing. As much as the size of these. In fact, this growth is mainly due to theexponential increase in trade international and therefore the intercontinental transport of goods. In June 2022the largest container ship in the world for example entered into service. With a length of 400 meters long – is longer than the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty put end to end – the latter can carry more than 24,000 containers. To transport these goods around the world, these gigantic ships essentially consume fossil fuels. And they eat a lot of it.

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17% of total CO2 emissions by 2050

Figures that make you dizzy and which, according to the dynamics observed, are unlikely to decrease in the coming years. On the contrary. Indeed, the increase in international trade as well as the very way in which most manufactured goods are produced, explain the growing need for maritime transport. Indeed, many companies decide tospread the different stages of production over different countries to reduce costs (manufacture of raw materials in china for example, then assembly in Brazilbefore a back to asia for finishes). As a reminder, a Jeansbefore arriving at its destination store, travels approximately 65,000 kilometers that is one and a half times around the earth. It is therefore not surprising that in 2050according to projections, the maritime transport will likely be responsible for 17% emissions from greenhouse gas on the planet.

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